The Orchard Open Day at Forest Farm Peace Garden in Hainault on Sunday 11th March welcomed over one hundred people to the community garden. Members of the public planted over 80 trees for the new community orchard, tried out traditional woodworking techniques, learned about sustainable gardening and got their hands muddy making seed balls for urban gardening. The event involved the public in planting the community orchard, educating participants about the importance of trees and raising awareness about volunteering opportunities at Forest Farm Peace Garden.
Mark Santos, Chair of the Forest Farm Peace Garden Board of Trustees, said
“We’re very pleased with the open day- it was wonderful to see so many people from the local community help plant the new community orchard. Forest Farm Peace Garden aims to be a community resource for environment, health, fun and learning, and it is great that there is so much interest in the project.”
The event was organised in conjunction with Trees for Cities, a charity which plants trees in urban areas around the world. The open day is part of a year-long programme based on activities and education about trees, including tree planting at schools and a series of workshops on tree skills. Forest Farm Peace Garden is welcoming the public back to the garden on the 25th March for a workshop about the medicinal properties of trees.
Mairead Lineen, Ecotherapy worker at Forest Farm Peace Garden, said
“We hope that people who came to the open day were energised and inspired by what we do at the Garden. We are recruiting new volunteers to get involved with various aspects of the project and Sunday’s open day spread the word about what we do”